The Cobourg Campus celebrated a year of successes at a special event held on August 25.
Students graduating from the Esthetician diploma program and the Academic Upgrading program, as well as graduates of the Food Service Worker, Solar Installation and Maintenance and Leadership Principles training programs at the campus were honoured for their commitment and academic work at the afternoon event.
About 150 family and friends gathered at Victoria Hall Concert Hall along with Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier, campus community partners, and Fleming staff.
Mayor Brocanier brought greetings on behalf of the Town.
“The people being honoured today have reached a significant achievement in their life,” he said, welcoming the graduates as new contributors to the local economy.
“We need to get young people educated and get jobs for them – it’s an important part of our economy.”
Keri Gray, of Alderville First Nations, said the majority of the 18 graduates of the innovative Solar Installation and Maintenance program are already employed in the green industry.
The program was offered for the first time in 2010-11 in a unique partnership between the campus and Alderville.
“Working with the Cobourg Campus has been absolutely fabulous and an experience I won’t forget,” she said.
Wendy Curtis of Northumberland Community Futures lauded the campus for its partnership with Community Futures in the development of a social media conference and now new social media courses through the campus’ continuing education program.
In fact, Campus Manager Deborah Clifford said continuing education enrolment at the campus increased by 43% from 2009-10 to 2010-11 with approximately 950 students enrolled in part-time courses last year. She noted that, “lifelong learning is both a wonderful personal growth opportunity and a necessity for advancing in our careers…especially in light of current economic realities.”
Of the students graduating from the Academic Upgrading program, many are going on to further education at Fleming College – taking programs such as Business and Police Foundations.
Academic Upgrading class valedictorian Pat Hallett said she was worried about returning to school.
“But I realized I wasn’t alone,” she said, referring to the support of faculty and fellow classmates.
“Achieving Grade 12 is a goal I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” she added.
Esthetician Program Awards
Mature Student Award – sponsored by Port Hope Medical Cosmetic Clinic, owner Paula Tickle
Aesthetician’s Supply Award – sponsored by owner Angee Morro-Verre
Ste. Anne’s Spa Award – presented by Natalie Kellar, spa manager
Ste. Anne’s Spa Body Treatment Award – presented by Natalie Kellar, spa manager
Sales Achievement Award for Essentials the Spa at Fleming
Academic Upgrading Program Awards
Bonnie Johnston Award